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Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef

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US Wellness Meats Blog MC: Helloooooo, ladies and gentlemen! Today we are bringing our October 2019 Featured Chef, Sarah Cook, back to center stage.

Sarah is an organic gardener and sustainable food blogger in Seattle, Washington. She is known to provide us with some quick and straightforward recipes that burst with FLAVOR (have you checked out her Instant Pot Orange Chicken??) and are great for week-night meals. 

In this recipe, Sarah uses just two ingredients and an instant pot for a teriyaki beef ready in less than an hour. You can also prepare this recipe on the stovetop. Serve the meat over anything you’d like! Some ideas are rice, veggies, noodles, salad, or sautéed green beans. This recipe is an easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love! 

Now, let’s crank up Sarah’s cooking playlist and get this party started! 

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Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef

Recipe & Photos by Sarah Cook | Sustainable Cooks

USWM Shopping List: 2 lb. steak (skirt, flank, sirloin, top round

Prep Time  Cook Time Pressurizing/Depressurizing Total Time
10 minutes 12 minutes 27 minutes 49 minutes

Servings: 6

Course: Main Course 

Cuisine: Fusion, Japanese



  • Instant Pot
  • Mixing bowl 
  • Silicone spatula
  • Freezer bags (strive for reusable)


  1. Slice the beef thinly against the grain. (2 lbs. steak)
  2. Pour half of the teriyaki sauce into the Instant Pot insert and add the beef. Stir and add in the rest of the sauce. (2.5 cups teriyaki sauce)
  3. Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing.” Press Manual>High Pressure>12 minutes.
  4. When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, allow it to sit for 15 minutes (a natural release). If the pressure indicator is still up, flip the vent to “venting” to remove any remaining pressure.
  5. Serve beef and sauce over rice or veggies.

Stove Top Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tsp of coconut or avocado oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or wok. Add half of the beef and cook for about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Heat another 1 tsp of oil and cook the rest of the meat. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the teriyaki sauce to the skillet and increase the heat to high. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring often.
  3. Add the beef to the sauce and toss to combine. Cook until meat is cooked through.


If you prefer a thicker sauce, combine 1 tbsp of cornstarch with 2 tsp cool water and stir thoroughly. Add to the Instant Pot when it has finished cooking. Press “sauté” and stir constantly for 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. It will continue to thicken a bit as it cools.


Now boogie on over to the Discover Blog for inspiring and healthy recipes! 


Sarah Cook

Sarah serves up sustainable, family-friendly recipes on her blog, Sustainable Cooks. She is passionate about her family, gardening, cooking from scratch, and organizing the pantry. Armed with a crazy fun sense of humor, Sarah will not only teach you how to make a delicious recipe, but you will definitely have fun while doing it. Want to learn more about Sarah? Visit her Featured Chef page.